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Mayor Marks Earth Day By Announcing Plans to Better Regulate City's Air Pollution

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Mayor Bill de Blasio observed Earth Day by announcing plans to better regulate the city’s air pollution.

Calling it the most sweeping reform of the air pollution control code in almost 30 years, the mayor made the announcement Tuesday at an Earth Day celebration in Union Square, making a point of traveling there by subway.

The new regulations will target soot from food trucks, commercial broilers, fireplaces and refrigeration vehicles.

The City Council will discuss legislation on that at a hearing Wednesday.

"We're going to work with our friends in the City Council to make the law stronger," de Blasio said. "It is the best tool we have to ensure that every possible form of pollution of the air is addressed."

The mayor also released a progress report on plaNYC, the environmental initiative launched in 2007 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The report detailed some post-hurricane resiliency efforts like the addition of 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to replenish beaches, with plans for another 2.9 million cubic yards this year.

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